CERB fraudsters could face fines or jail time, draft bill shows

Article Link: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/cerb-fraudsters-could-face-fines-or-jail-time-draft-bill-shows-1.4974953

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OTTAWA — The federal government is looking to put into law new punishments, including jail time and fines, for Canadians who are found to be defrauding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program, according to a copy of a draft piece of legislation that has not been tabled in the House of Commons. According to the draft bill obtained by CTV News, the government wants to impose tough new enforcement mechanisms ranging from fines to six months of jail time if someone has made a “false or misleading” benefit claim, knowingly failed to declare income for the period which they applied for the benefit, received a benefit cheque they were “knowingly” not eligible for, or aided someone in committing one of the aforementioned offences.